Monday Coffee…

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Good morning, Monday!  The new week begins on a positive note as I bring news of my victory (on tiebreak) in the Porto Open, which just finished yesterday….

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More technical information on the final tournament results can be found HERE and HERE.  

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The tournament was held at the Hotel Beta Porto, and was the brain-child of Mario Marques, who deserves much respect and admiration for the professional manner in which he developed and brought the project to such a successful fruitation.

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The tournament was organized as part of the 75th anniversary of the GXP (Grupo de Xadrez de Porto).  Players from 19 different countries participated.  Of a total of 158 players, 69 were foreigners!  The tournament was more than ably run by arbiters Carlos Dias and Jorge Guimaraes. (Forgive me if I left anyone out!)

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The tournament had a surprise visit: FIDE vp and ceo Geoffrey Borg!  Here we can see him play some blitz with Joaquim  Brandão de Pinho at the GPX.

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Geoffrey giving me my 1st place prize!  Actually, Geof and I go back a long way, having played each other at the Commonwealth Championship in London in the spring of 1985!

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Actually, I was not the only participant representing the Canadian flag: here we see Daniel Abrahams receiving his prize, flanked by Carlos Dias (l) and Jorge Guimaraes (r).  Directly behind Daniel is Geoffrey Borg and (unless I am mistaken) Dr. António Fonseca, Presidente da Junta de Freguesia de Santo Ildefonso. I played Abrahams in the first round, our game being the longest game of the tournament (not to mention the worse!), taking not less than 3 scoresheets to record…Daniel is currently doing a PHD in England.

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Just a short reminder to my Toronto-area readers that the Toronto BUG-HOUSE championship is taking place this Wednesday, July 22, at Madison’s.  More information can be found HERE.

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Melissa Darbyson

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Leo Emamoustache and Melissa Darbyson

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Photos courtesy of PubChess Toronto

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